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12 Dec 2018

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    Cyber Attack Risk Up By 9%

    Cyber attack risk is up The impact of cyber attacks on the economies of the world’s largest cities is up by 9% this year. Researchers from the Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School say they don’t want to be alarmist but hope their work will help governments, councils, companies and organisations to use their findings modelling like they would for instance flood modelling and then be able to plan for potential cyber attacks or data breaches. Cyber sex Can tech make our emotional and sexual experiences better? Author and Academic Dr. Kate Devlin has just published her book "Turned on; Science, Sex and Robots" believes it can. She recently organised two sextech hackathons to see if we can get away from the current image that we have of pornographic sex robots to satisfy the needs of computer geeky men. Security flaws in widely used data storage devices Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have discovered that widely used data storage devices with self-encrypting drives do not provide the expected level of data protection. A malicious expert with direct physical access to widely sold storage devices can bypass existing protection mechanisms and access the data without knowing the user-chosen password. Beam me up Roland Lecturers at Imperial College, London have a new star quality- they are getting the Michael Jackson treatment - being turned into holograms. The school has decided this will help connect their students around the world. Wanting a taste of the glory Roland Pease went to the college while they were testing out the system. (Photo: Cyber attack. Credit: Getty Images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Posted on 11 Dec 2018

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    Bloom App is 10!

    “The first great iPhone app” – Bloom celebrates its 10th birthday Ten years ago Brian Eno and musician and software designer Peter Chilvers launched the Bloom app on the iPhone. It revolutionised app development and was called “The First Great iPhone App” by Gizmodo. Requiring no musical or technical ability, the Bloom app enabled anyone to create music, simply by touching the screen. Now Brian and Peter are launching Bloom 10 Worlds - it adds 10 new worlds to the original app using enhanced visuals and music generation software. It will also be available on Android for the first time. Click went to meet Brian and Peter at Brian's studio in west London to learn how they came to create the original app and how technological developments have allowed them to update it. (Photo: Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers. Credit: Microsoft) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Posted on 04 Dec 2018

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    Mars Landing

    Mars landing Kate Arkless Gray tells Click about the technology on the latest Nasa Mars lander InSight and how this will work now that it is safely on the Red Planet’s surface. Detecting unknown drones Aviation and drone experts have been carrying out drone trials near a major airport in the UK to trial new software designed to detect unauthorised drones and see if it can alert planes to potential danger. Gareth Mitchell went along to see how the technology works. Wikipiano Imagine if you went to a concert and perhaps thought the music that was being played there wasn't quite to your taste, or that the performance could be improved - would you want to change it? Well if the piece being performed is a webpage - one which anyone can access - you can make changes and see them implemented at the next show. Jack Meegan reports on his experience of Wikipiano. Reading a book millions of times Would you read the same story over a million times? New technology developed by the BBC will allow you to listen to a story in millions of combinations - the chapters are the same, just played in a different order. We hear more about B.S. Johnson’s “The Unfortunates.” (Photo: NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars. .Credit: Getty images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Posted on 27 Nov 2018

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    Data Ethics Monitoring

    The world’s first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has been launched today by the UK government. We discuss why one is needed and what its aims are. Jean-Michel Jarre Global music technology star Jean Michel Jarre has been to the BBC Click studios to talk about his latest album “Equinoxe Infinity” which explores the use of AI. Jean-Michel talks about bridging the gap between technology and humans to strive to save the planet. Tony Sale Award The 2018 Tony Sale Award for computer conservation has been won by a project to restore three generations of flight simulators. The Center for Technology and Innovation (Techworks) in Binghamton, New York, has restored a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s solid-state hardware version and a digital simulator from the 1980s. We speak to the woman behind the project Susan Sherwood, executive director of Techworks. The awards were organised by the Computer Conservation Society. Quantum Compass The UK’s first quantum accelerometer for navigation has been demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London and M Squared. Most navigation today relies on a global navigation satellite system like GPS, which sends and receives signals from satellites. These signals though can be blocked. The quantum accelerometer is a self-contained system that does not rely on any external signals. Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz (Photo: Computer graphic of numbers and data Credit: Getty Images)

  • Posted on 20 Nov 2018

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    Using AI to Monitor Crowd Emotions

    A Vision of Women and VR After the walkout at Google of the way women and ethnic minorities are treated can other tech industries do better? A new project entitled “A vision of Women and VR” has bought together twenty leading women in VR in the UK to help create an equal future of the virtual reality industry; its workforce, content and audiences. Agoraphobic traveller Why does National Geographic website publish a story about a woman who is agoraphobic, yet is about to have an exhibition of global images? How can she take these pictures if she struggles to leave her home? She does it with the help of Google Streetview. (Photo: Basketball fans at basketball arena. Credit: Getty images) Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

  • Posted on 14 Nov 2018

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